Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Worldly Protector (Buddhist) - Tsangpa Karpo

འཇིག་རྟེན་པའི་ལྷ། ནང་ལྷ། 世俗的神(佛教)
(item no. 100607)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Nyingma and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: A Tale of Thangkas
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Appearance: Warrior

Gender: Male

Interpretation / Description

Tsangpa Karpo: a Tibetan worldly protector deity/god.

At the top center is Padmasambhava. The two figures descending on the viewer's left and the three on the right are the Five Deity Pehar Gyalpo. The third figure descending on the left is unidentified but has many similar characteristics to Dorje Ta'og the special protector of Sera Monastery.

At the bottom left corner is Damchen Garwa Nagpo. At the right corner is Rahula with nine heads and a serpent tail. At the bottom center is an unidentified figure similar to the large central figure.

Jeff Watt 2-2016

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